The Newport International Boat Show to start Thursday

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The Newport International Boat Show will be held Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18. This year, the show has an expanded education series hosting on-water courses, seminars and demonstrations giving attendees plenty of programs to participate in and exhibits to see.

The Boat Show encompasses 13 acres on historic Newport Harbor with a full range of powerboats and sailboats, in-water and on-land, from both domestic and international manufacturers. Some vessels will be making their official debut in Newport. Attendees will also find an extensive selection of marine equipment, services and accessories.

This year’s education opportunities include: Confident Captain’s At The Helm instruction program; the CruiserPort University seminar series presented by PassageMaker, Sail, Soundings and Power & Motoryacht; and Sail America’s Discover Sailing program.

Additional events planned within walking distance of the show grounds include: the first-annual Newport Wooden Boat Show, located at Bowen’s Ferry Landing Marina, and the Newport Brokerage Boat Show at the Newport Shipyard. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to tour America’s newest tall ship, the 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, at no additional charge. The ship will be docked at Perry Mill Wharf for tours and staff will be on-hand to answer questions.

For show schedules and additional information, visit www.newportboatshow.com.

Where’s the bite

Summer flounder (fluke)

fishing came back pretty good after the storm considering that many feared (including me) that the fish would head out to the continental shelf for winter. Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “They finally made it out after all the weather Friday and Saturday last week with very good results. The water had cleaned itself up pretty well Friday. They caught fluke up to nine pounds and full boat limit of big black sea bass up to five pounds, some slammer scup to nearly three pounds and a handsome number of cod fish to up 10 pounds.” I fished with angler Jack Leyden of North Kingstown Sunday and he boated flounder up to 22 inches and nearly limited out on black sea bass up to 20 inches while fishing in the Newport Bridge area. Mike Wade of Watch Hill Outfitters, Westerly, said, “The fluke are still out on Block Island after the storm. We had a customer catch a 28-inch fluke between the wind towers earlier this week.” Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said, “Fluke fishing is pretty good with customers catching keeper fluke at Conimicut Light and Jamestown. Three customers said they fished off Newport and caught fluke, bonito, black sea bass and bluefish all in one outing. Another customer said that he landed a bluefish in the mid 30-inch range off Barrington Beach.” John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside, said, “This weekend, customers caught fluke right at Sabin Point using worms and even a chuck of pogie.” However, angler Rich Hittinger said, “We fished Thursday afternoon and Friday. The water near Pt. Judith was still brown in places. We tried fluke and caught only shorts. I think the majority of the fluke have moved offshore. We tried tautog with no luck. I think they would not bite because the water is still so dirty from the storm. That should begin to pick up after the water clears. We did find plenty of black sea bass to keep everyone happy. Both days everyone on board had keeper BSB and they went home with fillets. Caught them both south of Point Judith and along the Narragansett shore.”

False albacore

fishing remains strong. Mike Wade of Watch Hill Outfitters, Westerly, said, “The Albies are all over the place at Watch Hill Reef and Sugar Reef. We have move bait in the water…silversides, anchovies, pogies and everything in-between…and there are some nice keeper bass under the Albies.” Angler Adam Maziarz said on the RISAA blog, “I was trolling umbrella rigs at elbow ledge and saw some birds working between Sachuest Point and Sheep’s Pen Rock. The birds were kind of spread out and fish were breaking. I motored up to them and started throwing a pink epoxy jig into the mix. My buddy Keith was using an olive epoxy jig. We quickly caught about five decent-sized false albacore. The action slowed after about 30 minutes, but we were able to grind out another five false albacore and about five good-sized blues over the next couple hours.” Striped bass

fishing slowed with storms and dirty water last week. Angler Rich Hittinger said, “We didn’t even try stripers this weekend because a couple guys from my marina went to the Island for stripers on last Thursday and did nothing during the day.” “There have been a number of striped bass spotted on fish finders off Newport, but they did not seem to want to eat and were not taking what anglers had to offer. The water was still dirty off Newport. This might be the problem as the water was a rust color. However, school bass are being caught in some parts of the Bay,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle.

The bluefish bite

is very good. “Anglers are catching some bluefish from shore at Lavin’s Marina and Sabin Point, East Providence,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait. Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait said, “One customer caught a fish in the lower to mid 30-inch range right off the Barrington Beach.”

Scup and black sea bass

are being caught in the Bay, along the coast and offshore in just about any place there is structure and water movement.

Freshwater

fishing for largemouth bass has been good. “Customers are catching largemouth bass in the 3 to 5-pound range at the Brickyard Pond in Barrington and in Stump Pond, along with a variety of other species,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s.

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net or visit his website at www.noflukefishing.com.

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